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Flik Cinema at Lagoona Mall

A new four-screen cinema opened its doors to the public at Lagoona Mall over the weekend.

The launch marks the entrance of the Flik Cinema chain into Qatar.

The theater was originally supposed to open last fall, and it is unclear why this was postponed.

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At the time, Flik Cinemas described the Lagoona location as “the first platinum and gold class theater multiplex in the GCC.”

The seats have leather recliners with small tables, similar to the “seven-star” experience offered at one of the theaters inside Novo Cinemas on the Pearl-Qatar.

Movie goers in platinum class can order snacks and drinks via a personal iPad and have them delivered to their seats.

More cinemas

Flik is also planning to open movie theaters in two other Qatar malls within the next year.

Both are Al Mana Group projects, and the cinema chain is also part of the same group.

One Flik theater will be located at Al Mirqab Mall off of Nasser St., while the other will be in Doha Mall in Abu Hamour.

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Mirqab Mall

Both will have eight screens and seat 1,000 and 1,400 movie-goers, respectively. All will show a combination of Hollywood, Bollywood and Arabic-language films.

The malls are expected to open sometime this year, adding even more shopping and viewing options to the Qatar market.

Meanwhile, at least seven other malls are expected to open in the country within the next few years.

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Rendering of redeveloped Musheireb district

Qatar residents living near the Msheireb Downtown Doha development will see a new multi-screen cinema open in the neighborhood this year, Novo Cinemas has announced.

The cinema will include regular and “7-Star” screens that have VIP services and reclining seats. It will be located inside Msheireb’s The Galleria shopping center.

That mall is still under construction, but when completed will have 100 stores. It will include an Al Meera supermarket and a children’s entertainment zone, Msheireb said earlier this month.

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Msheireb Galleria mall

Novo already operates at the Pearl-Qatar, 01 Mall in Abu Hamour and recently opened a 19-screen complex at the new Mall of Qatar.

In a statement, Novo CEO Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen said:

“We look forward to developing a cultural and innovative cinema space for this revolutionary neighborhood with the help of Msheireb Properties.”

Msheireb’s progress

The QR20 billion Msheireb project is still under construction and has seen some delays.

When finished, it aims to combines commercial, residential, retail and cultural entities in one development.

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Rendering of redeveloped Msheireb Doha Downtown

Last fall, Msheireb Properties CEO Abdullah Hassan al-Mehshadi said work on the first three phases of the project is “80 percent complete.”

He added that the company is working with Qatar Rail on the fourth and final phase.

So far, the development houses a museum that opened last year and one school – Qatar Academy Msheireb.

A mosque is also occasionally open to the public during Eid prayers.

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Note: This article has been updated to reflect that the number of screens has not yet been determined.

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Cinema at Dahl Al Hammam park

A new open-air cinema at Dahl Al Hammam Park has been launched this month by authorities.

During the winter months, children’s movies will be screened there at 7pm and 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment said in a statement.

If all goes well with this pilot project, such cinemas will be rolled out at parks across Qatar, it added.

The official opening of the Dahl Al Hammam cinema was over the weekend, though it was already being tested before National Day.

The initiative, called HawaScene – The Outdoor Movie Experience, is being brought to the park with the help of Vodafone, Smart Global and Kia Motors Corp.

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